How to deal with winter moths

Do it:

Oct, Nov

Takes just:

15 minutes

Virtually wingless, female winter moths hatch in November, then crawl up fruit trees to mate with male moths. The eggs that are laid hatch into leaf-eating caterpillars in spring. Trap female moths before they climb to mate, by attaching a grease band to trees.

You will need

  • Grease band
  • Scissors
  • String


Unroll the grease band and measure how much you'll need around the base of your fruit tree.

Cut off the length required, ensuring the ends overlap so there aren't any gaps.

Stick the overlapping end firmly in place. If it's not secure, tie it in position with two lengths of string above and below the band of glue.

Peel off the paper covering the glue.


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